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NASA is announcing its Artemis 1 lunar mission this week. Here’s how to watch it for free.

In just a few weeks, NASA will launch its first Artemis flight to the Moon this month, and you can learn all about the mission in this week’s free webcasts.

Artemis 1, the unmanned test flight of the Orion spacecraft and NASA’s massive Space Launch System rocket into deep space, is due to lift off around the moon in August. 29. To set the stage for the mission, NASA will host a Mission Review Briefing on Wednesday (August 3) along with an in-depth mission briefing on Friday (August 5), and you can watch both events for free. online at NASA website (will open in a new tab)NASA TV and the NASA app (will open in a new tab).

“Artemis 1 is an uncrewed test flight, the first in a series of increasingly challenging missions to the Moon,” NASA officials wrote in a statement. (will open in a new tab). “Through the Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon, paving the way for a long-term presence on the Moon and serving as a springboard to send astronauts to Mars.”

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NASA’s first Artemis 1 press conference this week will take place on Wednesday at 11:00 AM EDT (15:00 GMT), when the agency will conduct an overview of the mission. The briefing is expected to last an hour and will feature the following speakers:

  • NASA administrator Bill Nelson;
  • Bhavya Lal, Associate Administrator for Technology, Policy and Strategy at NASA Headquarters;
  • Mike Sarafin, Artemis 1 mission leader at NASA Headquarters;
  • Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, Artemis 1 launch director at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida (mission launch site);
  • John Honeycutt, Space Launch System Program Manager at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama;
  • Howard Hu, Orion Program Manager, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston.

Following Wednesday’s briefing, NASA will host an Artemis 1 media day at its Johnson Space Center, home of the agency’s astronaut corps. This media day will be on Friday (August 5) and will include an in-depth briefing on the Artemis 1 mission at 11:30 AM EST (15:30 GMT). The briefing will feature the following speakers:

  • Debbie Kort, Deputy Head of the Orion Program at JSC;
  • Rick Labroad, Lead Flight Director, JSC Artemis I;
  • Judd Freeling, Artemis I AO Director of Ascent/Entry;
  • Melissa Jones, director of restoration for Artemis I KSC;
  • Reid Wiseman, AO Chief Astronaut;
  • Philippe Deloo, Program Manager for the European Orion Service Module at the European Space Agency.

“The first briefing will provide an overview of the Artemis 1 mission, while the second briefing will take a closer look at the Artemis 1 mission schedule and spacecraft operation,” NASA said in a statement.

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Artemis 1 is a critical test flight that will launch the Orion spacecraft around the moon to test the technology needed by NASA to support the return of astronauts to the lunar surface. It will launch the Munkin dummy, cubesats and other experiments inside Orion in a flight that will circle the Moon and return to Earth.

If all goes well, NASA will follow up with the Artemis 1 mission with a manned flight around the moon called Artemis 2 in 2024. lander for this flight. This flight is expected some time after Artemis 2.

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